Monstress comes out TOMORROW, and I totally feel those butterflies, that nervous flightiness that I haven’t felt in some time. I care about this book — a lot — and it represents the collective hard work of a small, dedicated team of writer, artist, editor, letter, translator (and, fairly new to us, intern). Your support of Monstress — you readers, retailers, peers, friends, family — means the world to us. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I’ve been doing a ton of interviews, and some reviews are finally popping up. This, from Vox.com is probably one of the nicest I’ve ever received, and hits home what Monstress is about (“The dazzling new comic Monstress explores why we fear powerful women…”).
Another recent interview is with The Beat — I discuss Monstress, diversity, and what it means to be an Asian American writer. In that same vein is this two-part interview with Nerds of Color. You can read Parts One and Two, respectively (“You know how kids get obsessed with different things? Some kids get obsessed with vampires, some get obsessed with zombies. I was really obsessed with the apocalypse. I always thought it was just around the corner. Part of that is from my grandparents, growing up in the ‘80s, listening to the news about the Cold War and all of that. The apocalypse was on my mind.”).
Finally, I’ve got two back-to-back signings this weekend:
- On November 7th I’ll be signing at Comicopia @ 464 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston from 1-3 pm.
- On November 8th I’ll be signing at Midtown Comics @ 64 Fulton Street from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
I’ll have buttons to give away! And in a week or so I’ll announce two more signings — one in Austin, Texas — and the other in Muncie, Indiana.
Thanks again, everyone! We love you all!
It’s been one of those weeks where I’m overwhelmed with work, and even though crawling under a rock isn’t an option — I totally want to crawl under a rock. The Pallas cat pictured below — that face — more or less summed up how I felt when I rolled out of bed this morning. But, then I took a nice walk — I had some tea — ate lunch at my favorite spot — met my wonderful new Chinese tutor (because my Mandarin has gotten way too rusty) — and just told myself to chill the hell out.
And it worked. I am chillin’. And working. And still chillin’. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!
Well, NYCC is literally around the corner. I’ll be on panels for almost all of Friday, so the best time to catch me if you want something signed is at the Image booth at 11 am that day. I will, however, be at my table (K2) in Artists Alley for almost all of Saturday. Sunday, I have to head back to Boston that morning. It’s a short trip, but packed to the gills. I’ll be signing posters at my table (and I might have a few other goodies), so stop by and say hi on Saturday!
Friday: 11 am signing @ the Image Booth #1544
Title: Image Comics: Where Creators Own Worlds
Day: Friday Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Location: Room 1A21
Speakers: Declan Shalvey Jim Zub John Arcudi Marjorie Liu
Description: The beauty of comics is that they can transport you to another place, if you’ll let them. The comics of John Arcudi (Rumble), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Declan Shalvey (Injection) and Jim Zub (Wayward) show us worlds as fantastic as any summer blockbuster, but executed so well that they burn themselves into your memory.
Title: Asian American Comics and Creators
Day: Friday Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Room 1A05
Speakers: Amy Chu Ethan Young Greg Pak Janice Chiang Larry Hama Marjorie Liu Wendy Xu
Description: A superstar Panel discusses the past, present and wildly exciting future of Asian American comics and creators! Featuring Greg Pak (co-creator of Amadeus Cho and writer of KINGSWAY WEST), Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS), Amy Chu (POISON IVY), Ethan Young (NANJING: THE BURNING CITY), the legendary Larry Hama (G.I. JOE), letterer Janice Chiang and Wendy Xu (SPELLS FOR SPIRITS, LLP). Also, exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming books and tons of free comics!
Title: Push Boundaries Forward: Gender, Diversity and Representation in Comic Books
Day: Friday Time: 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Location: Room 1A24
Speakers: Amber Garza Darryl Ayo David Brothers Jeremy Whitley Joey Stern Marjorie Liu Shannon Watters
Description: The face of comics is changing. Join a diverse Panel examining what indie/web publishing have been doing right, how mainstream comics can catch up and what Creators and Fans can do to be heard. Join Moderator David Brothers and Panelists Marjorie Liu, Shannon Watters, Jeremy Whitley, Amber Garza, Joey Stern and Darryl Ayo in a sincere, thoughtful discussion on the topic of gender, diversity and representation in mainstream comics.
Yesterday I was all about the mooncakes — and yes, we found them. BEHOLD.
I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was. It’s not just about a mooncake. It represents a lot of other things, too, that are bigger than a dessert. I was incredibly nostalgic yesterday, thinking about family, my grandparents, all the things I took for granted growing up (like Mid-Aumtumn Festival, for starters).
And then, there was the Blood Moon, the lunar eclipse. What?!? We stood on our rooftop, staring up and up, and through the light-polluted haze of Boston’s skies we witnessed the moon — and it was beautiful.
I hope you all had a wonderful evening! Were you able to catch the lunar eclipse?
祝你和你的家人中秋快乐! It’s the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, also called the Harvest Moon Festival. We Chinese are a lunar people, and I love it. This is how we kick off the fall — good food, a full moon, and reuniting with family.
Today I am on the hunt for mooncakes. If you don’t know what they are, it’s pretty simple. They’re round dense little pastries filled with red bean, or lotus seed paste (or salty duck eggs), or some other tasty filling, and the surface of them is typically stamped with beautiful character-work; symbols of longevity, for example.
When I was little I didn’t understand why all the adults around me were going wild for this stuff. At least, around the holidays. I wanted my celebratory homemade dumplings, and that was that. Our kitchen at the moment is rather tiny. I suppose If I really wanted to, I could make dumplings tonight — cook up something — but I think I’m going to make it easy on myself and drag everyone out to our local Chinese restaurant.
The mooncakes, however, are another matter entirely. Now I get it. Now my taste buds have finally grown up.
(I grabbed this image from the “Discover Hong Kong” site). Tonight, I’m settling down with slices of mooncake and hot tea, and having a beautiful evening with my loved ones.
Wishing you all a lovely day! May your autumn be filled with tremendous joy!